Unsolved mysteries of South-east Asia: The Ourang Medan 'ghost ship' in the Malacca Strait

In the third of a five-part monthly series, The Straits Times dives into reports about the Ourang Medan 'ghost ship' in the Strait of Malacca and its tragic end over 70 years ago.

Reports of the Ourang Medan incident published in the Leicester Chronicle, a now-defunct British newspaper, on Nov 21, 1940. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SAYED FAUZAN RIYAD
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JAKARTA - A distress signal interrupted the everyday bustle of the Strait of Malacca on that bright, clear June day in 1947.

Picked up by numerous ships, the two-part message, separated by indecipherable Morse code, read: "All officers, including the captain, are dead, lying in chart room and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead."

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